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    Posted 7 years ago

    kaotek
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    Unfortunately i do not know much about this bench, so any information anyone could give would be helpful. I recently found it at a resale shop and loved it so had to take it home. It is very heavy and looks extremely old. It appears to have had some work on it over the years as well. Thanks for looking.

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    Comments

    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      Exciting? You bet. I think sitting on those hinges was more than exciting. Certainly not a love seat. Well done and crude at the same time.
    2. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Equally exciting to lean back onto the protruding wood and metal pieces.

      Looks more decorative than functional.

      scott
    3. DarlingMara DarlingMara, 7 years ago
      It looks like a carriage/stagecoach seat...does the part you sit down on open? It looks like a latch is there to open it...if so...that is where weapons were kept to defend the stagecoach/carriage. I just saw a similar seat on a show. :)
    4. kaotek, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the responses. A section of the seat lifts for storage, but not the whole thing. I was thinking it may have been an old settee in a church possibly. The weight would lead me to believe that it would be to heavy for a stagecoach though.
    5. jacko66, 7 years ago
      its a Gothic hall chair popular in Europe in 17th/18th century in castles and great halls many different styles exist but all have the big bulky look

      https://www.google.ie/search?q=gothic+hall+chair&safe=active&espv=2&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=_ddPVIKuO7Gv7AaO4YHYAg&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=709
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      STUNNING!!!
    7. Kydur Kydur, 7 years ago
      Maybe it's an early version of an indoor toilet? Before indoor plumbing when chamber pots were used. The sides would give the user a bit of privacy. Followed by more "modern" versions such as this one:

      http://mentalfloss.com/article/31798/martin-van-buren-had-really-nice-toilet

      I can't explain the lock latch on the hinged hatch though! Maybe the lock would allow only certain people to use it - the predecessor to the pay-toilet.
    8. sarahoff sarahoff, 7 years ago
      What a beautiful Deacon's bench! How big is the storage compartment?

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